Better late than never.
Tennessee coaches saw sophomore film on Arizona Western College cornerback Keisean Nixon and wasted no time pulling the trigger on a scholarship offer in spite of the timing being tardy for the process. The staff did work quickly and convinced Nixon to take his final official visit to Knoxville and wrapped that trip up Sunday.
“It was big,” Nixon told InsideTennessee. “Exciting. Mind blowing.
“The (Neyland) Stadium is big. (Tennessee coach) Butch Jones is good.”
Senior cornerback Cameron Sutton has just one left game in the Tennessee orange. The Vols coaches made it known to Nixon that he can “come in and start right away, play right away, contribute. That was big.”
Tennessee came forward with the offer to Nixon in November. Jones and his staff moved in haste to forge a bond with the JUCO talent and his family.
“It’s been big,” Nixon said of the relationship building. “I’ve really been (communicating) with coach Butch, coach (Willie) Martinez. So that’s been big for me.”
The Los Angeles native decided that life in the Southeastern Conference is for him.
“I narrowed my decision down to South Carolina and Tennessee. So I’ll decide Dec. 17,” he said.
The choice between the Gamecocks and the Volunteers will stem on “loyalty with the coaches.”